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Friday, February 22, 2019

Childhood Memories

Good morning,

My Honey, Kjell, grew up in Norway and I grew up in the United States.  We enjoy comparing various things that we experienced as kids and have discovered our experiences are more alike than different.

My Mom often made meal balls;  Kjell's Mom made meat cakes.   My Mom made mashed potatoes;  Kjell's Mom made boiled potatoes.  My Mom served peas;  Kjell's Mom served mashed peas. 

What you see in the image above is a combination of the Norwegian and American meal we each enjoyed as a child.  Above you see the meat cakes/balls prepared with nutmeg Norwegian style and served with "American Sauce" - catsup.  The peas aren't mashed, but the potatoes are.  The gravy/brown sauce is the same on both sides of The Pond. 

It may be a little different, but it is more the same when we compare what our moms made for us.  This is fun.

All the best,

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Peppered Salami

Good morning,

If anyone ever gives you some of this, be sure to have a fire extinguisher nearby for your mouth.

You have been warned!


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Waiting Room Crochet

Good morning,

I took a small project with me for my waiting room project yesterday.  From 80 tiny circles does a Large Afghan Blanket come.  :)  The pretty circles above are the beginning of a Colors of the Sea Afghan Blanket.

My larger sweater project was to a point where I need to count stitches and put them on a stitch holder so I'll do that at home instead.

What are you making today?

All the best,

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Elsa vs. My Shoelaces

Good morning,

While we were visiting with Elsa on Sunday she discovered my shoe laces. 

I've uploaded a short video here so you can see her in action:

She is so much fun!


Monday, February 18, 2019

Elsa at Six Weeks

Good morning,

Catherine and I went to visit Elsa at her breeder's yesterday.  She has grown so fast!
We stayed for about an hour and played with Elsa and her siblings.
We had Elsa out for awhile and played with her while she played with (chewed on) my shoe laces and her toys.  Then Alicia let them all out to play.  It was like the great escape as they all ran around the room chasing each other, us, and their toys.

Alicia is a fabulous breeder.  Not only does she breed for the best physical attributes, she gives the pups all kinds of opportunities to learn and experience the big, beautiful world from the beginning.

More puppy pictures coming soon!


Sunday, February 17, 2019

It's Not Just for Thanksgiving Anymore

Good morning,

I had an extra turkey in the freezer from Thanksgiving so decided it was time to thaw and prepare it.  We also purchase extra fresh cranberries each November and freeze them to use the rest of the year so I made cranberry sauce, too.

It was marvelous to have another Thanksgiving in the middle of February.

It will be fun when the weather warms up and we can enjoy more time outside!



Saturday, February 16, 2019

So Much Love in those Eyes

Good morning,

Our Penny turned 14 years old a couple of weeks old. 

There is something so very special about the love of an old dog.

We love you, Penny.